My neighbor printed this out and handed it to my son. RJ and the neighbor's chihuahua have a hate/hate relationship (mostly chasing each other around with yelling, yapping and biting involved). I actually sat and retyped it and it brought tears to my eyes. 1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any Separation from you is likely to be painful. 2. Give me time to understand what you want of me. 3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being. 4. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I only have you. 5. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me. 6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it. 7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you. 8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak. 9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old. 10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can't bear to watch. Don't make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so. The funny part is RJ can't even walk through the house without the dog chasing him and being an ankle biter. The houses are connected and we leave the doors open so the dogs can play with each other. I think the chi just doesn't like the way RJ walks, he walks LOUD....lol. Sometimes RJ gets mad and chases him back.